Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Tomidaya – Delicious Shoyu Ramen

Have you ever found out a bit late that there is a good restaurant near your place? This was just happened to me. I posted on facebook about my experience of eating one of the new ramen in town (Ramen Ryu Shin). Then I got a comment saying about another very good restaurant, which is Tomidaya. I’ve heard about Tomidaya many times and wanted to try it. What I didn’t know was the location! (I could’ve tried google it or something but nope). It is actually very close to Ramen Danbo, which is very close to my apartment.

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Their location is not very clear on google map because of the missing road. So I had a bit of detour around the location. They don’t have an English sign board as well! I found them because of the queue in front of the restaurant. I heard one of the description for Tomidaya is “a small ramen place inside the Japanese alley on le thanh ton street, which always have queue in front of it”. It really suits them. I joined the queue as well. There were 4 groups of people in front of me.

The place is really small. It can only accommodate 10 people at most, counter style, not a table. The queue was not too bad though. They took order and prepared the noodle before people went in. So when they have empty spot, people can sit and immediately enjoy the Ramen. I looked at the menu and ordered Ajitama Shoyu Ramen. The girl took my order and just after a short time, she let me in. The ramen came not long after I sat down.

Ajitama Shoyu Ramen from Tomidaya

I LOVE IT! Their ramen style is not hakata style, so they don’t have thick soup with the ramen. More like clear soup but very tasty. It is the same style as Ramen Bar Masamune, but for the taste Tomidaya is far better. Me and my husband went to Masamune recently and disappointed with their ramen. I love everything about Tomidaya Ramen. Their marinated egg was so yummy and cooked nicely. And their pork is thinly-sliced and melted inside mouth! I can say that this is the best pork on ramen now.

Tomidaya Menu

When I sat there eating my ramen, I noticed many people ordered their Tsukemen. Maybe I will try it next time! Just need to remember that they are closed on Thursday.

Address : 8a/1c1 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh.

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Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Ramen Bar Masamune – new in Saigon!

There is a new ramen place in Le Thanh Ton street, at intersection with Thai Van Lung street. I don’t know the number but I’m sure you won’t miss it when you pass by. The place looks fancy from outside, and it is also fancy inside for a ramen place. 

Their ramen is different style than Ramen Danbo. They have a clear soup and the flavours are only shio or shoyu (and the special one. I ordered shoyu ramen, while my husband ordered shio ramen. We also ordered fried chicken.

It was pretty good I must say. Crispy outside and juicy inside. The taste was delicious as well. 

This is shoyu ramen. Their broth is not as rich as tonkotsu ramen but still delicious. It was refreshing to eat different type of ramen. The noodle was cooked nicely. We loved their texture that was a little bit chewy but soft as well. One thing bothered me was the smokey smell from the pork. It was really strong that the whole soup tasted smokey. But we both agreed that this smokey pork is the best pork meat on ramen so far! 

The ramen was 120k vnd per portion. And fried chicken was 110k vnd. The price quite high between ramen places in Ho chi Minh City. It is a good change though from the tonkotsu style ramen. 

How about you? Do you like a thick broth ramen or clear soup ramen? Let me know in comment 😉

Ciao!